Oh, Marvel. Will you ever learn?
The comic book giant teamed up with Hulu for a new series called Runaways (based on the comic book) and it could not be more anti-feminist.
The series features a group of teens, one of whom is Gert and she is the epitome of a feminist killjoy. Gert is clearly what ignorant men think of when they imagine a feminist: man-hating, bra-burning, and secretly wishing she could get a man’s attention. She’s unlikeable and unrelatable.
Is this really how Marvel sees us? Apparently so.
It’s kind of bizarre that Marvel would create this kind of character, especially in light of recent events in which movements like the women’s march and #MeToo have gone mainstream. Not to mention that Marvel has notoriously had a diversity problem and clearly they have a feminism problem on their hands as well.
This is just the latest in a string of anti-feminist actions. Marvel also recently canceled a number of comic books featuring female leads, including America, the first queer Latina superhero. The comic book giant has also blamed their attempt at diversity for their decreasing sales.
You would think that Marvel would have caught on by now, especially after the epic success of Wonder Woman from D.C. Comics, aka their main competitor.
Marvel has had numerous chances to get it right and yet they continue to prove they’re a bloated dinosaur. If it weren’t for The Black Panther and Roxane Gay‘s World or Wakanda, I would say Marvel was on their way to becoming obsolete.
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and The Challenge. When she’s not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her taking an absurd amount of photos of her tuxedo cat Tom.